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17 Jun 2017 description
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The Nigerian Defense Ministry official described how the authorities had built ditches around schools and installed security lighting and set up roadblocks to keep Boko Haram fighters from invading schools and carrying off students and teachers. She explained how the government has moved thousands of students in the most heavily-affected areas to safer areas to allow them to finish their studies free from fear and attack.

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Ismail Einashe

Eritrea is one of the most repressive states in the world and the refugee camps offer little freedom or safety, but enslavement and abuse instead.

Television journalist Temesghen Debesai had waited years for an opportunity to make his escape from Eritrea, so when the country’s ministry of information sent him on a journalism training course in Bahrain he was delighted, but fearful too.

29 Jun 2012 description
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Draconian military conscription rules in Eritrea mean children as young as 12 can be forced into duty. Dan Connell reports.

Binyam Zaid (22) was an unwilling conscript in the Eritrean army when he was caught trying to flee the country and jailed for 18 months at the Halhal military prison. On May 24 he was released in an amnesty that marked Eritrea’s 21st birthday and sent back to his unit.

24 Jul 2008 description
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Soaring food prices are threatening to trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in East Africa, where people are struggling to afford basic food, development charity Oxfam warned on Thursday.

The British-based group appealed for funds to support emergency aid across the region, where it said millions face being tipped towards severe hunger in countries including Somalia and Ethiopia.

"This is a catastrophe in the making. We have time to act to before it becomes a reality," said Oxfam's Rob McNeil, who recently returned from the region.

Skyrocketing food prices are …

22 Jul 2008 description
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NAIROBI, KENYA Jul 22 2008 16:33 - Nearly 15-million people in the Horn of Africa region are facing a humanitarian disaster unless donors urgently release funds to deliver supplies, aid agencies warned on Tuesday.

In a region beset by conflict and piracy, prolonged drought and rising inflation have exacerbated human suffering, especially among the rural and urban poor, they said.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it urgently needs $403-million to feed the hungry people …

20 Sep 2007 description
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The small plane banks steeply to the east and the extent of the floods in the low-lying Teso region of Uganda become clear: kilometre upon kilometre of low-lying pasture land submerged, tens of thousands of hectares of staple crops like cassava, millet and groundnuts waterlogged. There are impassable roads, overflowing rivers, stranded cattle and devastated bridges.

10 Nov 2005 description
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The United Nations mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (Unmee), monitoring the disputed border between the two countries, reported on Thursday that the buffer zone along the border "remained tense and potentially volatile".

27 Jun 2001 description
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Senafe. June 27, 2001

Scattered across the dust-blown plains of the border zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea, landmines are still waging war a year after the guns fell silent, hindering the homecomings of refugees

MATTHEW GREEN

Returning home after a year in a refugee camp, Rahma Ebrahim can see her fields, but she cannot set foot in them.

26 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 26 2000

After its battlefield success, Ethiopia was in no mood to accommodate Eritrea's calls for peace. Meanwhile some 300 000 Eritreans were in need of emergency food relief.

By DAVID GOUGH in Nairobi

Ethiopia claimed victory in its two-year war with Eritrea yesterday following its capture of Zalambessa, denying Eritrean claims that it voluntarily withdrew from the key border town.

22 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 22 2000

Eritrea's capital, Asmara, is under threat as Ethiopia continues its lightning offensive.

By DAVID GOUGH in Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian army continued its lightning offensive deep inside Eritrea yesterday, threatening its neighbour's capital, Asmara.

Ethiopia took the Eritrean town of Om Hajer, on the borders of Ethiopia and Sudan, in a move designed to protect the western flank of its army, a government official said.

01 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 1 2000

28 Apr 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. April 28 2000

Global warming makes floods and droughts more likely, as the people of Mozambique and Ethiopia have discovered

Floods are events of the moment. Droughts are disasters on a slow fuse. Both happen with or without global warming.

27 Apr 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. April 27 2000

Ethiopia's Jews beg Israel to take them in ... but the Israelis are suspicious that Ethiopians are claiming Jewishness to escape the famine

By DAVID GOUGH Addis Ababa

Even at 75 and with a body so worn out that it requires every ounce of strength just to cross from one side of the ramshackle hut to the other, Gadamu Kassa still clings to his lifelong dream.

14 Apr 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. April 14 2000

12 Apr 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. April 12 2000

10 Apr 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. April 10 2000

10 Apr 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. April 10 2000

International neglect, war and three years of drought have left refugees in Ethiopia at the end of the aid queue

By JASON BURKE in Gode

In a dusty compound on the outskirts of the Ethiopian desert town of Gode, 300 women and children are squatting in the dirt. There is no shade so the mothers hold their faded robes over their listless children.

Occasionally an aid worker distributes water from a plastic bucket. When the queue moves forward, the shuffling feet raise clouds of red dust.

07 Apr 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. April 7 2000

05 Apr 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. April 5 2000


Nearly 16 million people face starvation in the Horn of Africa after repeated crop failures, but ongoing conflicts in the region make food distribution difficult.

By CHRIS MCGREAL in Johannesburg

Europe is preparing to spearhead large aid deliveries to the Horn of Africa in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the famine that claimed close to a million lives in Ethiopia 15 years ago.